For fashion lovers and celebrity followers across the country, the Met Gala at the start of May is a night of icons. Often coined as the "party of the year" or "the Oscars of the East," is a black-tie event held annually on the first Monday of May as a fundraiser for the fashion department of the Met (the Costume Institute).
The party is a celebration of the kick-off of the Costume Institute's blockbuster fashion exhibit. This year, the Met is taking on religion with the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme. The New York Times gives a brief overview of this year's exhibit...
Stretching across three galleries — the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval rooms in the Met on Fifth Avenue and the Cloisters — and approximately 58,600 square feet, it will feature 50 or so ecclesiastical garments and accessories on loan from the Vatican, multiple works from the Met’s own collection of religious art and 150 designer garments that have been inspired by Catholic iconography or style.
So what's the deal? Why do we care so much? What's the big idea? Well, the gala is mainly a fundraising event and only the A-est of the A-List are invited...and no you can't just buy a ticket.
Ticket's for this year's shindig cost about $30K each 😳. Yeah, and a table? $275,000 each. Most of the money goes to the Costume Institute because its the only department at the Met that has to fund itself. Last year's gala brought in about $12 million in revenue, but not everyone attending pays for a ticket. Some times a brand or company will purchase a table and invite celebrities or public figures to their table.
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, is the mastermind behind this event and has final say over the guest list, no matter who the brands or influencers want to invite. She also takes it upon herself to invite up and coming designers and places them throughout the event.
You're probably still wondering what happens once everyone gets inside...well, so are we. The function is actually a pretty well-kept secret. Social media activity post-red carpet has been strictly prohibited at the past three galas.
What we do know is that all of the guests enter the venue and file down a receiving line with the hosts. They then tour part of that year's exhibit as they make their way to the cocktail hour. After that they are called in to dinner which is almost always accompanied by some form of entertainment, last year it was Katy Perry.
Basically, if you want to make it in to the Met Gala, you have to become Beyonce 💁♀️